Date: December 29, 2022 10:07 pm Title: I Have a Little Dreidel
Ah, I love post-Roy Pam working through her stuff.
HA! Great way to bring the teapot in... and perfectly calendar-appropriate!
Okay, this was a lovely way to wrap this up. Welcome back, please never leave again.
Date: December 29, 2022 09:57 pm Title: Candle Chase
Eh, guilt, gelt, tomay-to, tomah-to. Both fundamentally Jewish, anyways.
Oh, Kelly, you delightful agent of chaos.
EEEP. Glad I don't have to wait for the finale here...
Date: December 29, 2022 09:53 pm Title: S'Vivon, Sov Sov Sov
Ah, and there goes the lottery ticket. That's a very Roy excuse, too. Like a little kid thinking he's found a loophole... which I'm now seeing is apparently very intentional. And I also very much buy Pam as more dangerous when she's quiet.
Hmmm. Interesting that you have an emotional reaction while handling Jim's "Tupperware" Pam. Nothing significant there I bet...
Date: December 29, 2022 09:44 pm Title: Mi Yimalel
"No, it was nice. Funny even. Not cute. Definitely not cute." *looks straight to camera like Jim on the Office*
Penny and Izzy as shippers on board is always a treat. I want in on the next round of dreidel.
I have a sneaking suspicion the loose-leaf tea might pop up again. Just a hunch.
Oh, Roy. Roy, Roy, Roy.
Date: December 29, 2022 09:33 pm Title: Chanukah Oh Chanukah
The contrast between Pam being raised by people who can let things go and Roy being raised by people who can't feels significant in explaining their relationship.
A HUMAN-SIZED PITTSBURGH PENGUIN. Amazing use of the prompt and also do those actually exist because I'd like one.
The nut prank is fun. Exactly the sort of thing that would drive Dwight and literally no one else insane.
Last line is a gut-punch.
Date: December 29, 2022 09:19 pm Title: Rock of Ages
GREASE FIRE! Michael probably did it trying to make latkes for Pam.
"The heavy weight of being perceived was just…not something she could stand until she’d gotten her feet back under her" I just really like this sentence. Feels like it says a lot about their relationship at this juncture of the story. (And I love the implication from his closet pacing that Jim knows she can't handle seeing him right now.)
"Since Hank was a building employee, not a Dunder Mifflin employee, he was unionized, the lucky bastard)." Ha.
I want to see that candle themed hat.
"Well, now she knew how her dad would act if she ever needed to bury a body." Bill is a real one in this chapter. As is Penny.
Date: December 29, 2022 06:44 pm Title: Una kandelika
Oh, Michael. He's well intentioned! He really is! But yes. Awful.
"seven additional Secret Santa exchanges, one for each day of Chanukah, “only we can get someone to dress up as Judah Maccabee and hand out the presents!"" This is brilliant and needs to become a cultural phenomenon.
"Angela hunting her down, murdering her, and feeding her to her cats. All in the spirit of Christmas, of course." Ah, I've missed your writing.
"he casually mentioned that his grandfather had picked it up “sometime in the 1930s, from his neighbors the Gottliebs, when they moved." I laughed, but I don't feel great about it. Same with the smashing of the menorah, which sounds lovely.
ROY. YOU SUCK.
Date: December 29, 2022 06:36 pm Title: Chanukah in Santa Monica
Okay, just based on the table of contents, I love this already. BRING BACK TOM LERHER. I also think these are all my prompts, sorry about that. This is an excellent way to work the song title into the plot.
Roy as a guy who just flat out won't absorb information that's not important to him... down to Pam being Jewish! - is very Roy.
Channukah as a defensive holiday is a description I'm definitely gonna end up using next year.
Date: December 26, 2022 02:59 am Title: I Have a Little Dreidel
Great way to finish this one up! Lovely little fic!
Date: December 26, 2022 12:21 am Title: I Have a Little Dreidel
It wouldn't be early season Pam if she didn't overthink things just a little. Feels about right. Though all the memories she does come up with tell her more and more that not only is Jim right for her, but she's right for him too.
Then to bring in the Teapot and that Pam is actively making sure to get it back during Yankee Swap? Perfect. Hmmmmm, maybe those were Teal Flags flapping in the breeze all along. Regardless, it's a wonderful read to have that moment be where she finally gives in and kisses him. Well done!
Outstanding job for what feels like a novel concept. L'Chiam!
Date: December 26, 2022 12:17 am Title: Candle Chase
Once more after a big moment, she takes some time to gather herself before jumping into anything else. Good for you Pam. Especially good, letting Roy go to voicemail. Let him be the one to be ignored for once. And then like magic, Jim appears and starts to make things better via banter. Delightful banter by the way. And it paves the way for what one could see as a real first date. And Jim spends it celebrating her heritage. Always liked that guy Jim. Looks like Pam has finally spotted all the green flags snapping in the breeze and is acting on them. Love it.
Date: December 23, 2022 05:07 pm Title: S'Vivon, Sov Sov Sov
Well done Pam! I mean it just shows how wrong he is that he is still acting this bad. If she really was important to him he would have stayed on the line when she said it was over. Instead he's clearly made the choice that his brother is more important than his, now, ex-fianc?. Not to mention what he said off hand to said brother. Yeah she doesn't need a crude uncaring man-child like that in her life anymore.
I'm also glad she turns first to family. They have shown they're on her side and it's great to see. Though it's when she spots something of Jim's is when she breaks down feels telling. Big moment and while I'm sure it stings quite a bit right now, she really everywhere to go up from here.
Author's Response: Oh yeah, this Roy is definitely 100% the wrong person for her in so many ways. But at least she's going in the right direction now!
Date: December 23, 2022 04:56 pm Title: Mi Yimalel
I love that Pam wanted to host a party with old high school friends. But then realizes that most of her high school friends were kind of driven off by Roy. So the only people who DO show up are not only the most anti-Roy people she could have but are also very much Pro-Jim. And yes I'm also including Jim in with the Pro-Jim crowd.
But also Roy not contacting her at all since getting in and now calling in drunk when it's barely 6:30 there? I mean come on Pam! All these red flags are going to combine to form a giant banner if not tapestry across the sky!
Onwards to find out what happens next.
So many red flags. So many.
And yes, everyone at that party wanted her to break up with Roy.
Date: December 23, 2022 02:18 pm Title: S'Vivon, Sov Sov Sov
YESSSS! Great break up. This makes me very happy
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!
Date: December 23, 2022 05:00 am Title: Chanukah Oh Chanukah
Clever way to incorporate the Pittsburgh Penguin, while showing us Pam's prankier side (and why she's a good match for Jim).
Chanukah Party!!!! Bring on the latkes and the Sufganiyah!!!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the Penguin!
Date: December 21, 2022 06:10 pm Title: Chanukah Oh Chanukah
Pam giving her dad something from the despised team feels very right for her. No wonder she seemed so taken with Jim. She was already pranking long before he showed up. *Salutes another green flag in passing*
Feels like she's getting her feet under her a bit here too. The previous day was a mess in just about every sense of the word. Glad she's got some time to recover. Getting Dwight on the botanical technicalities of nuts is so perfect. Mainly because I'm sure he thought himself an expert on the subject of anything and all things produce, but no, it's just beets. Or at least that's how it reads.
100% agree that if Roy and Pam were to host a party at their place it would be trashed at the end of the night and Pam would be stuck cleaning up since Roy would be passed out. Looking forward to seeing how this shindig of her goes.
Author's Response: She's definitely getting the hang of her life without Roy even this fast--so we'll see how that goes ;)
Date: December 21, 2022 12:21 pm Title: Chanukah Oh Chanukah
Love the Beesly tradition here, very cute gift giving idea! And I'm happy we didn't have to wait to find out what was in the package!
Very much looking forward to seeing what the Chanukah party brings!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm having a lot of fun making up all of Pam's family traditions; hopefully you'll enjoy the party!
Date: December 21, 2022 04:55 am Title: Una kandelika
This covers first two chapters I've read so far.
First thing I'll say is I know Tom Lehrer and appreciate his songs (they are very nostalgic to me since my mom played his album for me a lot as a child and I have shared New Math with my son) but I did not know this one (until now) - what fun!
The set up here was really well done - I mean your Roy is pretty clueless and awful and having all that culminate in revealing to Michael info he never, but would be very dangerous in his hands was well played.
And then it all begins - all the craziness that ensues once Michael knows is fun to read and his gaffes seem very him (although to be fair I roll my eyes when the Matzo gets prominently displayed for every Jewish holiday at the local grocery -so Michael is not alone when it comes to this stuff)
Looking forward to reading the rest of the craziness than unfolds as Pam celebrates her holiday (without Roy).
Thank you! Did you know he recently put all his songs in the public domain? Great guy (and I grew up on his music, so I'm very happy right now).
Thank you for the nice words! I hope you enjoy how I bring this sucker home.
Date: December 21, 2022 03:31 am Title: Rock of Ages
WHAT IS IN THE PACKAGE?!
the extra potato hahahhaah
Author's Response: You find out in the next chapter! ;)
Date: December 20, 2022 10:11 pm Title: Rock of Ages
At last! She can breathe again. Good for Jim for trying to find her and also giving her space. Just what she needed. Hey was that a green flag being run up the flagpole? Coulda sworn it was. Anyway moving on. Love that William is basically doing the same. Giving her the space she needs and isn't pushing her. Just what she needs after this day. I adore Penny here. Asking about rigor mortis, being virulently anti-Roy. Glorious. Then William with the bomb from left field! Hopefully things are starting to percolate for Pam. Can't wait to find out what' in the bag.
Thank you! Everyone needs people who will give them space, and also people who will push them when needed. Good thing Pam has both!
Bag is revealed next chapter...
Date: December 20, 2022 10:01 pm Title: Una kandelika
Yeah, good reason for Pam to be off-kilter like that. First she's pissed off at Roy. Then everything conspires to grate on any nerves she has left. To bad Jim wasn't there to run any sort of interference. Just a maddening circle of chaos. My heart goes out to her. And they Roy left her there. Hey look another Red Flag snapping in the wind!
Author's Response: Yeah, Roy is coming out pretttttty bad here. But the rest of the office ain't great either.
Date: December 20, 2022 04:35 am Title: Una kandelika
I'm so excited about this. Roy failing to notice Pam is Jewish is about as classically Roy as buying tickets for him and Kenny and not understanding why Pam might have a problem with it. There are so many brilliant moments in this chapter - Dwight's questionable hanukkia, Michael and his seven days of Chanuchristmakkah Secret Maccabees (I love him and Dwight instantly going so wildly overboard), and Angela's rage - this is all so great. Poor Pam. Can't wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Thank you! And yeah, that's about as bad as it can get, Roywise. I'm glad you're enjoying the office shenanigans! I promise we'll come back there (though the next chapters are outside the office).
Date: December 19, 2022 11:56 am Title: Una kandelika
The Israeli flag on top of the Christmas tree actually made me laugh out loud. Would love to see Michael trying to lead everyone jn the Hatikva standing in front of it 🤣🤣
I love how awful your Roy is. Keep it up!!
Oh, that would be both awesome and horrible at the same time.
Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying terrible Roy!
Date: December 18, 2022 11:35 am Title: Chanukah in Santa Monica
What a great opener! And what a great little treat this is going to be after I light the candles each night!
Can’t wait for more. A jellybean and a donut for you!
Author's Response: Thank you! I hope you keep enjoying it! Chag Sameach!
Date: December 18, 2022 11:30 am Title: Chanukah in Santa Monica
Wow, Roy is really clueless here. Not only forgetting something huge about Pam but saying he's going there to ogle girls. I mean could there be a bigger red flag snapping in the wind? If this doesn't show her how wrong he is for her, I'm not sure what would. Hopefully she realizes it too.
Wonderful to see a new story from you too. Can't wait to read more.
Author's Response: Thank you! Roy is getting the worst of this, definitely. In my mind of his mind, he thinks that it's OK to note that he's gonna ogle as long as he's clearly not going to do anything more. This is wrong, but that's the kind of bro I think Roy is at this point in his arc. Don't worry, while this gets worse for Pam before it gets better, it's also got a happy JAM ending.